Exes Day: A PCHAS Family Reunion

Former PCHAS Group Homes residents have been reuniting every year since the 1960’s   Every summer, Presbyterian Children’s Homes and Services’ Itasca campus, hosts a reunion for its former Group Home residents and staff. Every June, the celebration’s called “Exes Day,” which stands for ex-group home residents. This reunion gives former residents and staff a (Read More…)

Why I Give: Mark Davis

Mark Davis, 14, first learned of PCHAS several years ago from Jana Hobbs, PCHAS Senior Development Officer. His family responded to the immediate need of a Child and Family client whose children were discovered sleeping on the floor with most other basic needs unmet. Bedding, clothing, shoes, books and toys were donated by Mark, who (Read More…)

Why I Volunteer: Ann Walden

Ann Walden Farmer’s Branch, Texas How did you first hear about Presbyterian Children’s Homes and Services (PCHAS)? When I was Vice-President of the Presbyterian Women’s Group at Faith United Presbyterian Church in Farmer’s Branch, we invited Tom Anthony, a PCHAS Development Officer in our region, to speak at our annual PW Retreat. We had made (Read More…)

Meet Melissa Jackson, our new Houston Single Parent Family Program Director

Houston We Have Lift Off! Melissa Jackson is excited about her new role as PCHAS’ Houston Single Parent Family Program Director.  Originally from the South Side of Chicago, as an adult, she moved to New Mexico and attended college there. She earned a Bachelor of Social Work degree in 2006 and a Master’s degree in (Read More…)

Help Children Make Good Choices: Parenting Tips from PCHAS’ Scott Waller

PCHAS will be hosting its first ever Parenting Education Seminar on Sept. 20th! Six prominent PCHAS specialists will discuss topics ranging from foster care to practical parenting tips. We asked keynote speaker Scott Waller to give us a sneak peak of what he will be talking about on the big day, see what he had (Read More…)

Thankful for PCHAS, Former Group Home Resident Shows Gratitude​

PCHAS often receives handwritten thank-you notes from children in our care or children who have “aged-out”. We recently received a letter from Jessica Venegas. Jessica grew up at our group home campus in Waxahachie and recently graduated from Navarro College with an Associate degree in science. She now plans to continue her education by obtaining (Read More…)

Meet Haley: PCHAS’ Newest Child and Family Specialist

Presbyterian Children’s Homes and Services is excited to introduce our newest Child and Family Specialist Haley Young. Haley joined the PCHAS team this month, and is excited to have the opportunity to help children and families in Kilgore, Texas. When she learned from a family friend about a job opening with PCHAS, she was thrilled. (Read More…)

More than 80 Attend Graduation Party for Group Home Resident, Luis West!

More than 80 people attended a graduation party for Luis West, who has lived in PCHAS’ Group Home in San Antonio for the past three years. Luis graduated from high school, where he earned the distinction of A-B Honor Roll! He will attend Navarro College in the fall, where he will complete his general studies (Read More…)

Our Adoption Story: Elizabeth Flowers

Elizabeth Flowers shared her adoption story at a PCHAS luncheon in Houston: My husband Heath and I had always wanted to be parents, and after trying to conceive for more than five years, we began to explore adoption. When we started the adoption process with PCHAS, we were well aware that a mother’s decision to (Read More…)

A Day in the Life of a Home Parent: Joyce Fuentes

Joyce Fuentes, a PCHAS Home Parent, shares what a typical day is like for her and her husband, Raul. Here is her story. What is a Home Parent’s life like? Well it depends upon the day. If it is a weekday, then we follow strict timelines in order to keep everything running smoothly. Here’s what (Read More…)